If you're fed up of the tangle of wires behind your TV set, Panasonic is set to launch the first in a barrage of wireless televisions that will require no cables to hook up to your other kit.
Panasonic has apparently already jumped straight into work following a ruling from Ofcom that will open up part of the radio spectrum (57-66GHz) for use by consumer electronics manufacturers.
Previously manufacturers had to get permission from Ofcom to use any part of the spectrum, but from the end of this week this small section will be free and open to any manufacturer of a wireless device to take advantage of.
Panasonic is expected to release its wireless TV range within the next few weeks, with a choice of 46- and 54-inch plasma models in the range.
It will work by attaching a receiver to the TV and a transmitter to anything you want to connect to it, such as a Freeview box or DVD player. All the wires will be plugged into the transmitter rather than the TV, which will then send the signal to the TV (as long as it's within 10 metres).
Ultimately that means you'll be able to tuck your set top boxes and the like out of sight, and just have your TV sans wires on show. Nice.
Steve Lucas, technology specialist at Panasonic, said: "The advantage of this high radio frequency is that you can send a lot of high-definition information from the transmitter to the television without the need to compress it. There will be no break up of the picture".
Of course, don't expect all this tech on a budget. Lucas has warned the new TVs would be "priced at a premium", with the 54-inch version packing a £5,000 price tag.
However, once the likes of LG and other competitors hop on the bandwagon later this year, expect prices to come down drastically.
Before you go signing yourself up for one though, Stuff's very own in-house voice of reason Tom Dunmore, told the Telegraph: "It's great but you have to remember that the television and everything else will still need to be plugged into a power socket.
"I’m not sure that the new technology will be enough to persuade most consumers to trade in their old televisions, unless they are living in a minimalist home".
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Via: The Telegraph